Controversies in the treatment of cervical spine dislocations

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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation

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Adult; Cervical Vertebrae; Diagnostic Imaging; Dislocations; Evidence-Based Medicine; Fracture Fixation; Humans; Male; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Spinal Cord Injuries


Orthopedics | Rehabilitation and Therapy


BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Cervical spine dislocations represent an area of great controversy among spine surgeons.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to present the specific areas of controversy and to provide a review of the literature.

STUDY DESIGN: A case of cervical spine dislocation is presented to illustrate the major controversies related to the treatment of cervical spine dislocations.

METHODS: A review of the literature is presented regarding the major controversial aspects of the treatment of cervical spine dislocations.

RESULTS: The major areas of controversy include the choice of imaging, closed versus open reduction and surgical approach.

CONCLUSIONS: Guidelines for the management of cervical spine dislocations are presented based on evidence-based medicine.

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Spine J. 2009 May;9(5):418-23. Epub 2009 Feb 23. Link to article on publisher's site

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The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society

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